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June 29, 2012
by Steve Teske
After months of waiting, the U.S. Supreme Court June 28
ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional and
its implementation can proceed. That should end the legal...
by James Swann
Duplicate audits from program integrity contractors and an
increasing disregard for the medical expertise of physicians are making it
essential for CMS to revamp and streamline anti-fraud and...
June 28, 2012
by Sara Hansard
Associations that represent health insurers reacted with
low-key statements after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is largely...
June 26, 2012
Electronic health records got a boost from Medicare
physicians in 2011, with 57 percent reporting that they used an EHR system in
their primary practice location. The results were included in a...
June 22, 2012
Hospitals and health systems are making
significant progress in setting up electronic health records systems, but money
is starting to get tight, KPMG said in a recent poll.
Health insurers will pay $1.1 billion in rebates that will benefit 12.8 million policyholders by Aug. 1, the Department of Health and Human Services announced June 21. Insurers are required...
June 20, 2012
The OIG is getting set to update the provider
self-disclosure protocol, and it’s looking for help from the public. The June
18 Federal Register featured a notice from the OIG asking for recommendations
on how best to revise the protocol, which was originally published by the OIG
June 15, 2012
Senators were less than pleased with the results of
Medicaid’s national audit program, during a subcommittee hearing I attended
this week. The GAO said Medicaid program integrity contractors...
June 13, 2012
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), a Kansas City-based organization that represents state insurance regulators, is moving to update its model law governing “stop-loss”...
June 12, 2012
An HHS privacy and security audit pilot program is expected
to end by December, an HHS Office of Civil Rights official said during a
conference I attended last week. OCR began the program in June...
With everyone waiting on the edge of their seats for the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the health care reform law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services June 12...
June 7, 2012
Medicare and Medicaid regulations have grown
increasingly bulky and burdensome, a hospital trade group recently said, and
it’s time for Congress to step in and make things right.
Health care spending growth continues to outstrip that of the overall economy, but according to a new Congressional Budget Office report I wrote about this week, spending is expected to slow...
Forty-five commercial, federal, and state insurers in seven markets finalized memorandums of understanding with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services June 6 to participate in a demonstration program under which they will pay primary care practices bonus payments to better coordinate care for their patients, CMS announced.
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